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RFI Signs Distribution Agreement for OCC’s Fibre Cable and Connectivity Range

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is pleased to announce that they have signed a distribution agreement with Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®) covering the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific regions. The agreement provides RFI with distribution rights in these markets for OCC’s range of fiber optic cables, fiber optic connectivity, copper cables and assemblies.

OCC is internationally recognised for engineering and manufacturing of a variety of high-performance, top-tier cabling and connectivity solutions. They are a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic solutions, offering an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution.

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Harsh Environment Specialists

OCC is the ideal choice for industrial fibre applications in harsh environments, making it well suited for SCADA networks in utilities and for solutions in military, oil/gas, transport and mining applications. The OCC range of fibre connectivity includes pigtails and patch leads, enclosures, pre-terminated cables, connectors and adaptors.

We are excited to partner with OCC to incorporate their range of world class fibre into our product portfolio. We believe the range is a great fit to complement our growing fibre and data technology solutions.” Scott Magee, RFI CEO, commented.

Who is OCC?

Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®”) designs tight-buffered cables to be smarter than the most challenging situations, and tougher than the toughest environments. In addition, OCC’s innovation and expertise has moved beyond cable products to entire connectivity systems.

As pioneers in fibre optic cable, OCC is manufacturing a broad range of tight buffered fiber optic cables and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for specialty and harsh environment applications, including military, industrial, mining, petrochemical, wireless carrier and broadcast applications. OCC offers an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.

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Who is RFI Technology Solutions?

RFI is a global technology solutions company, specialising in wireless coverage and solar power. RFI has one of the largest, most innovative and experienced wireless and solar solutions teams with dedicated engineers, product managers, deployment engineers, logistics, distribution and R&D staff. We are proud to be an Australian success story with manufacturing, distribution and warehousing across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK.

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RFI’s Fibre and Data Solutions Range

RFI’s fibre and data connectivity solutions are designed specifically for harsh environments. RFI offers a comprehensive range of distribution fibre cable, loose tube fibre cable and enclosures for a range of industrial applications.

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Video Resources

So just why is OCC the perfect solution for harsh environments? The next 2 videos perfectly explain why they’re the preferred choice for installation in mining, tunnels, oil and gas, military, SCADA and other harsh environment applications.

Want to hear from us?

Want one of our Technology Solutions team to visit you and explain the full range? Or do you want to receive more regular communications on the fibre and data solutions we can offer? Register at the link below and we’ll be in touch!

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Launching the Sunny Boy Storage 5

Join RFI Product Manager Owen Fulton as he introduces the key features and benefits of the Sunny Boy Storage 5.0!

With the SUNNY BOY STORAGE multi-string battery inverter, for the first time, up to three different high-voltage batteries can be connected to one battery inverter. To connect larger batteries, three DC inputs can also be connected in parallel.

The Sunny Boy Storage has integrated emergency power, which can be switched manually. Furthermore, it can even take over the entire electricity supply of the three line conductors via the optional automatic transfer unit.

Thanks to proven AC coupling, the Sunny Boy Storage is ideally suited to new and retrofitted systems. The integrated web server enables fast and easy commissioning, which is also possible via smartphone or laptop.

Energy flows in the household are fully transparent thanks to the direct connection to Sunny Portal and Sunny Places.

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RFI launches new Fibre Connectivity, IoT and Data Solutions at CEBIT 2018

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is excited to launch a range of new solutions at CEBIT 2018, further expanding its growing technology portfolio. At CEBIT 2018, we will be launching:

  • Fibre/connectivity solutions, designed specifically for harsh environments.
  • RFI’s next generation IoT and Telemetry Solution
  •  RFI’s Digital Drift Technology

This will be supported with our complete technology solutions offering. This includes Wireless Coverage solutions, IoT and M2M solutions, as well as Solar and Battery storage solutions for Telecom/IoT/M2M sites.

Launching Fibre & Data Solutions at CEBIT 2018!

RFI is excited to debut our new fibre connectivity range at CEBIT 2018, including:

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RFI’s new range is perfectly suited for industrial fibre applications in harsh environments.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks, including distribution partnerships with major Fibre connectivity manufacturers.

Launching RFI’s Next Generation IoT and Telemetry Solution!

Introducing the Universal Hub- with a future-proof, expansion ready design, functional truly meets simple.

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In conjunction with the Universal Hub, RFI will also be launching our new LoRA IoT solution on the stand.

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Launching our Digital Drift Solution – for high-speed Tunnel, Wi-Fi, Video & Tracking!

RFI will be displaying its Digital Drift technology, with high speed Wi-Fi & video capabilities live on our stand. The Digital Drift System is fit for purpose, access layer network for challenging industrial environments with linear topology. The solution:

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What else are we displaying?

  • Wireless Coverage Solutions including our Cellular and radio rebroadcast capabilities
  • IoT and M2M solutions, including our modems, patented antennas, LoRA and cloud-based software
  • Solar and Storage solutions for Telecom/IoT/M2M sites, including BYD battery storage

Is there a particular solution you’re interested in? RFI is pre-arranging meetings on the stand. Book in an appointment at the link below.

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BYD & SMA Storage Launch Event

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Join RFI’s exclusive launch event, serving canapés and drinks! This is a FREE event, so please register as SPOTS are limited!

With the launch of the much-anticipated SMA Sunny Boy Storage 5.0 (perfectly partnered with the BYD HV), we will have presentations from SMA and BYD including:

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6pm-9pm Wednesday 23rd May

During Australian Energy Storage Conference

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Sean’s Kitchen, Sky City Casino Adelaide

A short 5 min walk from the Adelaide Convention Centre

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Introducing RFI’s Solar Modems

RFI designs and manufactures antennas, modems and cloud-based monitoring software to suit Australian 4G bands. Our global-leading modems for solar are rugged and built to last in the harsh Australian conditions.

The Range

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The perfect connectivity solution for remote sites and for commercial systems. 4G cellular for remote monitoring connectivity to the site. WIFI for use during site maintenance visits.

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The Unimax4GX modem provides superior 4GX cellular signal strength performance for energy system monitoring applications.

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Spurious Challenge 2018

The Spurious Challenge took sail around Sydney Harbour for its 29th year! Sponsored by RFI, the Spurious Challenge is an annual sailing event for the NSW Radio Communications industry, giving the industry the chance to go head-to-head on the high seas. RFI sailed home for the win for the 1st time since 2015 in very windy conditions!

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RFI expands its mining portfolio with the acquisition of Digital Drift

RFI Technology Solutions is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Digital Drift™. Digital Drift™ provides power distribution and high-speed network connectivity to devices in challenging industrial environments, including: underground mines, tunnels, processing plants and agriculture.

The acquisition includes the product designs, intellectual property, manufacturing rights and key staff.

The acquisition of Digital Drift complements our fibre optic and wireless offerings, enabling RFI to provide complete data network solutions to underground mines – from the surface to the working face” Scott Magee, CEO of RFI commented.“This is an exciting technology solution with huge potential and advantages for our customers, particularly in the mining sector.”

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Sydney Harbour Tunnel rebroadcast major system upgrade

Overview

When Trantek MST needed a reliable rebroadcast system for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system upgrade project, they chose RFI.

Project:

Upgrade AM/FM radio rebroadcast system, providing audio break-in capabilities, competiablity for the future DAB+ digital radio upgrade, and performance monitoring capability in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, NSW.

Customer:

Trantek MST and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

RFI Role:

Design and installation of the upgrade to the intelligent transport system.

Job  Overview:

Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services.

“We chose RFI because of their proven technical, manufacturing, installation and integration capabilities. RFI has proven extremely easy to work with, quickly understanding the technical requirements of Trantek MST’s fault resilient architecture and integrating and where necessary manufacturing custom components to achieve a truly satisfying solution.” said Trantek MST Managing Director, Mr Lionel Ascone.

“They have provided the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with an upgraded rebroadcast system that has met the customer’s operational requirements, whilst also providing a feature-rich capability that allowed us to incorporate it into our fault-resilient intelligent transport control system.”

“RFI performed well within the often challenging multi-disciplined environment that exists in a major project, and has delivered their system to the project on-budget – assisting Trantek MST to deliver another successful project to its customers.”

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Key Components

  • Rebroadcast AM Repeaters
  • Rebroadcast FM Repeaters
  • Broadband multi-carrier power amplifiers
  • AM/FM Cross band Couplers
  • The rebroadcast system provides compatibility for the future addition of the rebroadcast of DAB+ digital radio.
  • A custom manufactured RF Change-Over Unit was incorporated within the design, enabling switching between the redundant subsystems, either manually or automatically controlled by Trantek MST’s fault-resilient ITS system.
  • Performance monitoring of the radiating cables at both ends of both tunnels -implemented to continuously monitor the performance of the system and contribute to the switching control of the system redundancy in the event of a system fault condition.
  • Fibre optic cable is used to link the equipment items between the various installation locations.

Trantek MST was tasked with the design and installation of an upgrade to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system in NSW, Australia. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel is one of Sydney’s primary transport routes, with busy vehicular traffic using the tunnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The AM/FM radio rebroadcast system is a relatively minor, but vital, component of the overall total intelligent transport system not only to maintain the rebroadcast of AM and FM radio stations within the Tunnel, but also to ensure that vital incident management capabilities can be maintained In the event off a sub-system failure.

An audio break-in capability allows pre-recorded or live audio announcements to be inserted into the AM and FM rebroadcasts to notify drivers of incident information via their car radios.

Trantek MST sought a partner who could design, install and commission the rebroadcast system upgrade as a turnkey sub-contractor.

As well as meeting the stringent operational requirements, Trantek MST needed a partner with the experience to handle the challenges of working on one of Sydney’s busiest roadways.
Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services, including:

  • RF surveys
  • System design
  • Equipment manufacture
  • Integration
  • Factory acceptance testing (FAT)
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Site acceptance testing (SAT)
  • Coverage testing
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Project Management

RFI believes in flexible, responsive and transparent relationships with clients. So during this project, RFI’s project manager actively liaised with Trantek MST and Sydney Harbour Tunnel personnel. Working closely with Trantek MST and their customer allowed several unexpected issues that arose during the project to be addressed and resolved with minimal impact to the customer’s operations and tunnel motorists.

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Sydney Hills M2 tunnel upgrade

Overview

RFI provided a communications solution to deliver Break-In Emergency Services radio coverage and AM/FM rebroadcast (RRB) system as part of the $550 million Sydney Hills M2 tunnel upgrade.

An audio break-in capability allows pre-recorded or live audio announcements to be inserted into the AM and FM rebroadcasts so drivers can hear them on their car radios.

To reduce traffic congestion and improve travel time, Transurban undertook a significant upgrade of Sydney’s M2 Motorway, which included widening the 360m roadway tunnel from two to three lanes in both directions. During this process, Transurban recognised the need to upgrade the public address system and audio break-in of the AM/FM Radio Rebroadcast System (RRB) via the Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

Transurban required RFI to fully manage the project and provide a full turnkey solution of Break-in radio rebroadcast including design, installation, commission, training and documentation.

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Design

RFI designed the system which comprised:

  • 12 Channels of AM and 12 Channels of FM Off-Air Channelised Uni-Directional Amplifiers
  • UHF O&M Two-Way Radio Rebroadcast
  • UHF/Police/RMS Rebroadcast
  • Future compatibility for inclusion of DAB+ Rebroadcast
  • Coaxial and Radiating Cable AM/FM RF distribution system
  • Audio Break-In Interface to the AM/FM
  • Rebroadcast System
  • Fully Integrated DYNAC OMCS Radio
  • Rebroadcast interface
  • Audio Server / Logger/ Replayer
  • PMCS System Alarm Monitoring interface
  • And associated combining, antennas and related equipment
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Requirements

Specific requirements for the project included:

Tyco selected RFI to design and install the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services, including:

  • The retransmission of the AM and FM radio station broadcasts to maintain the quality equivalent to that outside of the tunnel
  • The Retransmission of existing Hills
  • M2 operations and maintenance UHF radio system needed to improve hand-held radio reception
  • The system needed to interface to existing PA system
  • The RRB needed to provide an interface to both the primary and secondary
  • OMCS system servers Of particular challenge was the extensive software development RFI had to undertake to enable the interface from radio rebroadcast public address (RRBPA) Audio Server, to communicate with the existing Transurban OMCS system via the Ripple protocol.
  • Also challenging was signal reception and rebroadcast of the clients preferred AM/FM commercial radio stations, this was due to the geographical location and various output power of targeted AM/FM commercial broadcasters. RFI exercised thorough site surveys for optimal antenna placement to ensure strong signal reception and quality tunnel rebroadcasting to resolve these issues.
  • RFI supplied all RRB hardware, software, cabinets, cables and antennas for both East and West Bound Tunnels, the MTP (Main Toll Plaza) and the EPCR (East Portal Control Room).
  • The DSPbR and AM/FM repeater equipment is manufactured at our high spec Adelaide facility. RFI also supplied AM/FM antennas and RFI UHF yagi antennas, lightning protection, and in-tunnel off-air monitoring system.
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